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Dr. Emily Casanova gives an invited video lecture as part of The Autism & Neurodiversity MasterClass series. Her lecture, which is featured in Module 3 of the series, discusses the connection between Autism and hereditary connective tissue disorders, like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, and has even gone viral on social media! You can watch a snippet of her lecture here.

Congratulations to Megan Stempkovksi for being recognized for her dedication and hard work. Megan is a fourth year neuroscience major and works in both the Department of Psychological Sciences and Environment Program. 

Congratulations to Dr. Casanova and to Neuroscience-Biology major Layla Johnson for their recent research publication in top-tier journal, Molecular Psychiatry. The article is titled “Enrichment of a subset of Neanderthal polymorphisms in autistic probands and siblings”. Read all about their latest research here.

Viviana Nieto (pictured on the right) won the Neuroscience student award for Outstanding Academic Achievement as well as Outstanding Service. Anna Upman (pictured on the left) won the Neuroscience student award for Outstanding Service. 


Congratulations Viviana and Anna!

Anna Upman (NEUP ’24) and Abigail Miserendino (PSYC ’25) presented a research poster on psychosocial and neural correlates of emotional processing after trauma exposure.

Layla Johnson (NEUP ’26) presented research on the roles of neanderthal-derived SNPs in autism susceptibility.

Congratulations on a job well done!

The Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychological Sciences is delighted to acknowledge Dr. Casanova's research being published in Nature. The article is titled "A mobile DNA sequence could explain tail loss in humans and apes". Read all about Dr. Casanova's newest research achievement here!

The Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychological Sciences is pleased to recognize Dr. Stelly's research achievement of being published in the Nature Journal. The article is titled Top-down control of flight by a non-canonical coritco-amygdala pathway. Read all about Dr. Stelly's newest research here!

Alexis Baptiste (NEUP ’23) presented a research poster of her thesis project which investigates associations between trauma, neurocognition, and ethnic identity.

Zaria Rodriguez (NEUP ’23) gave an oral presentation and presented a poster of her research on the effect of social media usage on neural mechanisms of attention. Zaria also received an award for best undergraduate research poster in the division of Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Well done, Alexis and Zaria!

Role: Director of Neuroscience, Director of Neuro Camp, and Associate Professor of Psychology

How long have you been at Loyola? 9 years (!!)

Favorite thing about Loyola or teaching? Definitely Loyola's student body.  Loyola students are bright, socially aware individuals who care about making a positive impact in their community. Coming to work and engaging with them every day is such a joy.

Come listen to Dr. Angeline Dukes give her talk titled Bridging Identities as an Addiction Neuroscientist and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader on February 9th 12:30 - 1:30 in Monroe 410. Lunch will also be served.


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